A new deadly virus has broken out in China

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What is a coronavirus?

They are a large family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases

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They circulate in animals and some can be transmitted between animals and humans

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Chinese health authorities say that it came originated from a seafood market in Wuhan where wildlife was also traded illegally

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What are the symptoms?

Common signs of infection include fever, coughing and breathing difficulties

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In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia, SARS, kidney failure and death

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What's happening in China now?

More than 80 people have died in China

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According to authorities, the number of people infected with has now crossed 2,700

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Screening stations have been set up at bus, train and plane terminals nationwide

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China has also extended the Lunar New Year holiday until February 2

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Has the virus spread to other countries?

Cases have been found in the US, France, Australia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, South Korea, Taiwan, Macau, Japan and the Philippines

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So far, there have been no reported cases of coronavirus in India

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How to protect yourself?

1. WHO recommends basic hand hygiene such as washing hands

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2. It also recommends covering your mouth with your elbow when sneezing or coughing

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3. Avoid unnecessary, unprotected contact with animals and be sure to thoroughly wash hands after contact

4. Ensure meat consumed is cooked thoroughly.